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was stopping. now, of course, president trump has reset relations with cuba, said he's going to be much tougher on the cuban government on issues like human rights, and it remains to be seen whether or not diplomats are once again being targeted. but as one cuban official told me, they are denying that they had anything to do with this, brooke. >> all right. patrick in havana, thank you. thanks for being with me. we're going to leave here. i'm brooke baldwin. "the lead" with jake tapper begins now. good evening, i'm jake tapper. the rhetoric in the u.s.-north korea standoff intensifying again today. james mattis the latest to issue a stark warning, saying kim jong-un must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down to pursuit of nuclear weapons. they need to end this regime and the destruction of its people. the u.s. and north korea are
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trading threats after u.s. intelligence assessed that north korea has produced miniature-ready nuclear weapons, crossing a key note in their nuclear weapons program. when the president issued that stark warning yesterday of fire and fury, the likes of which the world has never seen if north korea continues to threaten the u.s. the president then made another threat, preemptive strike by the military in guam. reporters covering all areas of this fast-moving story. president trump wrote, quote, my first order as president was to revolutionize and modernize our nuclear arsenal. it is now far stronger and more successful than ever before. hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will be a time that we are not.
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it is unclear how much modernizing has happened since that order was issues to make the arsenal, quote, stronger and more powerful than ever before. it has been six months since president trump became president. it would be subject to treatys with other nuclear powers. what is clear is the tweet today, as well as the fire and fury directed at north korea, fits the pattern of president trump speaking more loosely, and in the view of critics, recklessly about the most devastating weapon known to man, more so than any other western nation. we've analyzed two decades of comments about nukes by president trump and we found themes on this issue. first, is the president expressing confusion as to why the u.s. possesses nuclear weapons if it is not willing to
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use them? there doesn't appear to be any concept of these statements of the lethality of the weapon, nor the moral, strategic and environmental risks using these weapons might pose. >> nuclear weapons should be off the table. is there a time when it could be used? possibly. possibly. >> when you said that, the whole world heard it. they're hearing a guy running for president of the united states may be using nuclear weapons. nobody wants to hear that about an american president. >> then why do we make them? >> the president's position in favor of nuclear proliferation. this is a staggering break from the widespread view that the u.s. should do all that it can to dissuade other countries from pursuing these deadly weapons. as he told wolf blitzer last year, the president is more than willing for other countries to develop their own nuclear arsenals. >> you're ready to let japan and south korea to become nuclear powers? >> if they're not going to take care of us properly, we cannot afford to be the military and
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the police for the world. we are right now the police for the entire world. we are policing the entire world. >> a third theme we have seen throughout two decades of statement is a clear lack of policy depth on this issue. one to the forest on which president trump expresses his view on nuclear weapons. in 2015, talk show radio host hugh hewitt asked president trump about the u.s. strategy of having nukes on land, in the air and at sea. >> the three legs of the triad, though, do you have a priority? >> nuclear, the power, the devastation, is very important to me. >> that is a confusion as to why the u.s. has taken the use of nuclear weapons off the table. a desire for increased proliferation of nuclear weapons and a clear lack of policy depth about nuclear weapons. that brings us to the current standoff. >> north korea best not make any more threats to the united
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states. they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. >> speaking of fire and fury the world had never seen, we should note it was on this day in 1945 that u.s. forces dropped the atomic bomb on nagasaki, japan, immediately incinerating 4,000 people. the day before that, the u.s. dropped a bomb on hiroshima. it braought an end to the actio of world war ii. the white house said the president spoke ex tetemporaneoy about fire and fury. barbara starr at the pentagon. what is going to happen if the nuclear weapons program
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persists? >> very tough talk from a secretary who just months ago warned war would be a bad idea. tonight a dire warning from defense secretary james mattis that north korea should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people. mattis also telling the world north korea's military will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict. a very different tone than mattis' previous statement emphasizing diplomacy and what war would mean for south korea. >> it will involve the massive shelling of an ally's capitol, which is one of the most densely packed cities on earth. it would be a war that fundamentally we don't want. >> reporter: kim jong-un's regime undeterred.
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>> translator: any desire to have an all-out war would wipe out anything in its way. >> reporter: where u.s. bombers are used to attack his regime. >> he has been very threatening beyond a normal state. >> reporter: secretary of state rex tillerson says trump's warning would hopefully keep kim from overreacting. >> i hope it would be important to deliver that message to avoid any calculation on his part. >> reporter: if tillis was playing good cop, mattis and the president were not. >> north korea best not make any more threats to the united states. they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.
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>> reporter: the commander of missile defenses told cnn the u.s. can defend against north korea missiles today and in the future. >> we can deal with the current threat as presented today. as the threat matures, we have a plan in place to mature our capabilities to deal with that threat. >> reporter: the secretary of state still trying to reassure. >> nothing that i've seen and nothing that i know of would indicate that the situation has dramatically changed in the last 44 hours. i think americans should sleep well at night. >> reporter: and for now there is no indication of any additional u.s. military forces moving to the korean region. jake? >> barbara starr in the pentagon. let's go to sara murray. she is near bridgewater, new jersey where the president is on a working vacation at his golf resort. sara, what should we make of the words "fire and fury the likes of which the world has never
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seen"? >> he mentioned this at an opioid event. a couple sheets of paper had to do with the opioid crisis, not the situation in north korea. we have learned that the president essentially spoke off the cuff when it came to that specific terminology. here's what sarah huckabee sanders, white house spokeswoman, had to say about this threat today. she said general kelly and others on the nsc team were well aware of the tone of the statement of the president prior to delivery. the words were his own. the tone and strength of the message were discussed beforehand. they were clear that the president was going to respond to north korea's threats following the sanctions with a strong message in no uncertain terms. it was definitely a strong message but not the terminology we're used to seeing from presidents, especially in a situation like this. >> sara murray, thank you so much. how well did kim jong-un respond to the president's strong words? coming up next.
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jake, that a military confrontation on the korean peninsula right on the doorstep of china would be a nightmare for the government here in beijing, but are they willing to do what the united states really wants them to do, to cut off north korea completely economically to force them to come to the bargaining table from a position of desperation? china has not indicated a willingness to do that. they believe they are upholding their end of the bargain in terms of u.n. sanctions thus far, and they did vote in favor of this new round of sanctions to cut u.s. export by a third. but is that going to be enough to stop north korea? the north koreans certainly would say no. >> you've been to north korea 13 times, more than any other correspondent. you say north korea takes pride in their advancing nuclear capability. would north korea continue even if it could potentially hurt their longstanding relationship and patronage from china? >> reporter: short answer, yes. i have been in very heated
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discussions with north korean officials over this issue, because we have reported that china does hold a significant amount of influence over the country, and i get very fierce pushback from the north koreans, even as recently as a month and a half ago when we imply that. they say they've been through much hardship, they've been through famine, that even if china were to cut off the oil pipeline to their country they would still continue to develop these missiles because they feel they're under threat of imminent invasion by the united states. they point to things like fiery rhetoric by president trump as well as military exercises as proof of that, jake. >> let's bring in my panel michael hayden who also served as drebt toirector of the cia a. general, you've heard the language coming from the president and secretary mattis and north korea. how concerned are you that the u.s. is actually headed to a military confrontation with
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north korea? >> the rhetoric is not useful, specifically the president's rhetoric. i think general mattis was more of a caution to the north koreans and not a threat. the president was clearly using a threat yesterday. i'm sort of siding to where rex tillerson is. it's a problem. it's a serious issue, but we don't need to hyper ventilate about it right now. we have a little bit of time. there are other things going on. so serious, need to work the issue, but i don't think we're facing some imminent catastrophe. a good sign, we haven't changed the watch condition for u.s. forces in korea, we haven't changed the defense condition for u.s. position in korea, we have not moved u.s. forces in the direction of korea. i think those are the real indicators, jake. >> watch retired general jake
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clapper and anderson talking about this crisis. >> we've heard this for decades coming out of north korea and typically we ignore it. certainly at the presidential level, we ignore it. so the rhetoric itself is not helpful. >> you wrote an article for the new yorker recently about everything president trump doesn't know about the job he is doing and his lack of curiosity. how concerned are you that the language he used yesterday, which we're learning was extemporaneous and spoken by him could be getting us into an unwanted situation? >> it's been headed that way, headed that direction. you get the sense it's not a good cop-bad cop approach. you actually have the secretary of defense thinking of what the strategy is, and the president throwing out words that provoke the situation and feed the type of confrontation that we saw in
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some ways leading up to the war in iraq. >> president trump is not wrong when he expresses frustration about china. >> i think that's the key. i actually do think, jake, there is a coherent strategy behind this unartfully executed yesterday by the president. he had the obama administration, strategic patience. i think they made the judgment of what we really had to do to stop the north koreans would be to dangerous. but then we slowed things down and interrupted our robust troops in the region. they didn't want the u.s. to have this capacity. they realized the leverage point chs throu was through the chinese. the chinese won't act. the north koreans is a bad tooth. they would rather suffer through the day than go in for the root canal. i actually think it is american policy to make the chinese tooth hurt more.
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you're seeing the language probably overdone yesterday, you're seeing u.s. forces in the reasonable, the navy deployment, the b-1 bombers that flew over south korea, all designed to make the current circumstances more uncomfortable for the chinese and make them more likely to really lean on the north koreans. >> there is legislation in the u.s. to impose sanctions on 10 chinese banks that do business in north korea. obviously those banks were not part of the u.n. security council resolution that passed over the weekend. there is a way to get more serious with china if the u.s. congress and the president want to. >> absolutely, and i think that's the administration's strategy as it is. but the reality is the united states and china do not share the same goals when it comes to north korea. the chinese do not want to see the regime topple. they don't -- you know, they don't want to see a conflict but they also don't want to see north korea become in a pro-west
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sphere. this is kind of a buffer for them. i think relying on the chinese is not the way out of this crisis. at the end of the day, the only way out is through diplomacy. the military approach is not attractive. it could be counterproductive long term. but diplomacy is one way, and the question is, is the trump administration willing to engage and not speak in absolutes in terms of what's on the table. >> we'll take a short break. stay with us. your insurance company won't replace the full value of your totaled new car. the guy says you picked the wrong insurance plan. no, i picked the wrong insurance company. with liberty mutual new car replacement™, you won't have to worry about replacing your car because you'll get the full value back including depreciation.
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the statement said the administration is speaking with one voice. i don't think that's true. i also think it's possible that it's strategically not speaking with one voice, but you have tillerson being somewhat benevolent, mattis being aggressive, the president talking about fire and fury. is this a strategy, do you think, or is it kind of ad hoc? >> i don't think it's much of a strategy, and i certainly don't think the international community understands what the trump administration is trying to do here. everyone wants to make sure north korea doesn't move further in its nuclear program, but i don't think it's clear how the administration plans to do that. we've reached a point that there's certain realities on the ground, and the idea that kim jong-un is going to roll back his program, going to denuclearize, none of that seems feasible. its a question of how you manage the problem as it is today. >> take a look at lindsey graham, senator from north
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carolina, talking about use of force. >> there are two scenarios where we would go to war with north korea. they attack guam or some other american interest or our allies, or if they try to keep developing an icbm with a nuclear weapon on top to hit the homeland, we would act. president trump has bakesically drawn a red line saying he'll never allow north korea to have a nuclear weapon. he's going to stop the threat. >> do you think president trump has boxed himself in, that that is considered his red line, he has to now do that? >> i fear that he has, i hope that he hasn't. the president has been inconsistent with his language in the past. this is a time where i hope he views some flexibility going forward. so we'll just have to see. senator graham makes an interesting point, and something that i think is kind of lost in the conversation. you know, we're screaming over the heads of 50 million south
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koreans. when we're actually saying we can't live with a north korea korean icbm that could potentially threaten the united states. therefore, based on what senator graham said, we would opt for aggressive action potathe penin that would surely lead to the death of tens of thousands of south korean friends. i think there is a strategy, i think there is some coherence there. but the implementation has to be so carefully orchestrated that this could lead if not carefully done. if they don't do what the united states would like them to do, and we may not get what we want from north korea, and the president has made this kind of
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commitment. we'll see. >> robin, you were talking about china and what china needs to do and president xi. you made an observation about how president trump speaks to president xi on twitter. >> this is what i think is electrifying, especially dealing with asians that are conscious. the president tweets about xi in the same way he tweets about jeff sessions. this is not the way to build partners. this is a relationship he supposedly enriched over a piece of chocolate cake in mar-a-lago and cemented a relationship, and look how long it lasted. and to dismiss it this quickly. when we rely on china as the only interlocker with north korea, there aren't many who can do that. china is the most populist nation in the world that will have influence on other common issues as well. >> thank you, appreciate you being here. so why threaten guam?
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accompanied by fighter planes from u.s. allies japan and south korea. but another reason why it's threatening guam is it's the closest u.s. territory geographically to north korea. there are clearly u.s. military installations that are far closer geographically there in japan and in south korea, but this is a way that the north korean regime can try to threaten the u.s. i have to say, having landed here just after midnight, i don't see signs of panic here, though a u.s. border guard at the airport did joke, welcome to ground zero. there is clearly some concern when there are threats directly against this island, but we're not seeing any signs of major panic. if anything, the hotels here seem to be booked to capacity, and believe it or not, i flew in on a plane from south korea which was full of asian tourists coming here, presumably to enjoy
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the beaches behind me. >> ivan watson in guam for us. thank you so much. join me now as the governor of guam joins me. thank you for joining me, governor. how afraid are the citizens of guam? >> good morning, jake. i think from the standpoint of the people of guam, we're almost used to this. this is -- since i've been governor starting in 2013, there has been a number of threats made by the government of north korea in regards to attack on guam and other american bases, including hawaii. so there is concern and there is fear from some parts, but there is also general calm understanding that this is not the first time. and i want to thank you so much for allowing me to speak here, because there is a concern from not only me as a governor and the people of guam on the
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escalation of rhetoric coming from all sides, but also some of the concerns that we have in regards to rhetoric made by some of our political leaders who make decisions that are so important to the people of guam. >> are you specifically concerned about the language that you're hearing from president trump? >> well, actually more spe specifically is senator lindsey graham. i'm being clear with this. when someone in a position of the u.s. senate says, and it's forcing an option when it comes to military action, and they say it's better on that side of the world than on the american ho homeland, i hope he understands that separate in this region from any other theater in terms of where american forces are now, and i talk about southwest asia, i talk about the middle east, i talk about africa, and i
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also talk about europe. aside from maybe the component of the nuclear part of this, there is a big difference between every other theater. if there was to be conflict in this region, understand that there is an area 600 miles long called the marianas that encompasses guam in the marianas. if there was to be conflict and that battle was to occur over there, not only do we endanger the lives of tens of thousands of military and their dependents -- and i think the media has been very clear on those numbers -- but you're also talking over 200,000 american citizens, civilians, that will be caught in the crosshairs. i get concerned when leaders who are making decisions seem to not understand geography or maybe a little bit about american civics and u.s. states and territories. this is why it's important --
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>> let me just ask you before the skype goes out, in 2013, a thaad missile defense system was deployed to guam. do you have any idea when it was last tested, and are you confident that it will be operational to protect your citizens if need be, god forbid? >> there was a test, i would say, a month or so ago. there has been this constant testing. i'm not seeing a shooting of any type of missile for defense purposes, but a testing of the system. and again, there have been -- because we're in american territory and seem to be in the middle of a lot of things, there is a lot of dialogue communication correlation between our administration, the civil government and the local military command in the marianas, so there is an exchange of information and looking at potentialities of worst-case scenarios, there is a coordinated effort. i feel very confident not only
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in those forces defending guam within the terrestrial land of guam but also those at sea and the bases of guam. >> thank you for appearing today, we appreciate it. former campaign chair paul manafort in a pre-dawn raid. what could that tell us about the special counsel for russia? stay with us. (burke) at farmers, we've seen almost everything
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we're back with our politics lead and another mounting headache for president trump and his associates, the counsel investigation into possible
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collusion by russia. we just learned that the fbi invaded paul manafort's home in response to the investigation. jessica joins us. jessica, what exactly were they looking for? >> this raid was to secure materials that reportedly paul manafort had not handed over. they turned over some documents he had already handed over to senate investigators. but the fact this raid happened as a surprise in the darkness of the early morning hours, it signifies the special counsel may be sending a message and getting serious. fbi agents descended on paul manafort's alexandria, virginia apartment in a pre-dawn raid late last month, according to the "washington post." it unfolded in the early morning hours july 26 with agents seizing tax records, among other documents. the raid appears to be unreasonable since manafort
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repeatedly claimed he was cooperating. >> the fbi agents working for special counsel mueller believe he is hiding something. they conducted the search in the early morning so the person whose residence it is has no chance to destroy or tamper with the evidence they seek. >> reporter: manafort stepped down as campaign chair last august as questions over the election intensified. >> are there any ties between you, mr. trump and his campaign and putin and his regime? >> no, there is not. it's absurd. there is no basis to it. >> reporter: but c this,nn lear that investigators had become suspicious of manafort after they turned up russian operatives who had worked with manafort to gather information that could hurt hillary clinton's bid for the white house. manafort's attendance at a june 20, 2016 meeting with jared
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kushner and a russian lawyer has piqued the interest of the counsel. >> why is it so far fetched to blame the russian and see say the moefsh was to help you? >> it's just absurd. >> reporter: cnn has told manafort turned in approximately 400 pages to the senate judiciary committee august 2nd. many of those documents refer to manafort as an agent end of june. they are scrutinizing his tax and business records to determine whether any criminalization has occurred. manafort's special counsel at the justice department says if there is evidence against manafort, it could be leverage to force manafort to cooperate. >> if you can obtain evidence collateral to that, then you can
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use it as leverage to strike a deal with respect to the type of evidence you want with respect to the heart of the matter, in this case the collusion. >> paul manafort's spokesman confirmed the raid and then reiterated that manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so in this case as well. but as you heard from the former special counsel mueller at the doj, they hadn't gotten what they wanted and they resulted in this early morning raid. >> let's talk to my political panel. ken cuccinelli, you were the attorney general in virginia. was the special counsel trying to squeeze paul manafort? >> squeezing is probably giving him too much of an ill motive. this is an information gathering tool. it's appropriate for special counsel to use. they're using it. it demonstrates they've gathered some information and they have more questions. of course, manafort, with his failure to file exposure to
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other foreign banks, in particular with respect to his ukraine work with pro-russian individuals and entities has exposed himself to exactly this kind of inquiry from the special counsel. so i don't find anything unusual about it. i think if i were in robert mueller's position and manafort had filed a year late the kind of disclosures that he did, i suspect that i would have sought a warrant to go into his house, too. >> brian fallon used to be the spokesman for the department of justice in the obama administration. do you agree? is that the only reason, or do you think it's possible they were worried he might destroy the documents? >> i suspect there probably was some concern that he was either withholding materials, that while he may have voluntarily given over some things that there were other things he did not turn over. or they had a fear he was going to destroy evidence. if they were content he had turned everything over, there would have been no reason obviously to go to his house. the other thing that is notable is this being a search warrant
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to go raid the man's home and they had to go to a judge to meet a probable cause standard, so they would have had to be very specific about the paperwork they filed with the judge about what they were looking for and what kind of crime it would be evidence of. there is a very specific thing bob mueller has in mind here for potential wrongdoing for him to have sought this. there is all kinds of potential wrongdoing and exposure that manafort may have related to his work prior to even the campaign. potential tax work, potentially avoiding government documents. but manafort has also been present for these meetings like the donald trump jr. meeting in june, so what else does he have to shed light on? that should be the worry. if he tries to get off or get more favorable treatment on his own problems, he might be witness to a federal campaign act. >> let's turn to what's going on between president trump and mitch mcconnell. on monday the president said he
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had excessive expectations about how quickly congress could act on his legislative priorities. take a listen. >> i've been in this line of work before, and i think had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen. >> this afternoon the president tweeted a response. senator mitch mcconnell said, quote, i had excessive expectations, but i don't think so. after seven years of hearings, why not? >> he has a point. why wasn't there something ready to go? you heard that from a lot of republicans, frankly. these two have gone back and forth. after the health care vote, you saw the president tweeting about 60 votes. it had nothing to do with the health care vote, but that's beside the point. you know that got under mitch mcconnell's skin, because he's thinking, you don't even know what you're talking about when it comes to this.
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i must say it's not all gloom and doom between the two, because the president did endorse luther strange in the alabama race -- >> senate race. >> and that was his guy. he could have gone with a couple candidates who tried to ingratiate themselves to president trump. >> ken, let me ask you about that. i know there were people who were concerned that the president endorsed incumbent senator strange who had been appointed to that position to fill jeff sessions' seat because they wanted someone maybe more grassroots conservative, more tea party like mel brooks who was a congressman or others. what do you think? >> certainly i think as between the president and mitch mcconnell on the original battle here, conservative side with the president. we do think they failed. the senate leadership has failed, mitch mcconnell is at the focus of that. i agree with you about the disappointment with respect to the president's recent endorsement.
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a year ago he endorsed john mccain. look at the year since then with john mccain. the president hasn't gotten anything out of that. john mccain was the vote that killed repeal, or even the opportunity to get to repeal. so that path hasn't been a productive one from either the president's perspective or grassroots conservative's perspective. i do think it's appropriate for the president to keep putting pressure on mitch mcconnell to at least do what he said he was going to do. now, for the seven years, it was obamacare, but the reality is that you can't name anything really significant that mitch mcconnell has gotten through the senate all while this administration has really taken major steps in the regulatory front to advance the agenda the president laid forward. they recently put through some appointments which is obviously productive, but even so, that's behind schedule and there is a lot of them being held up,
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including by people like lisa murkowski. >> brian, for a democrat like you, this must be kind of fun. >> they both have a point. mitch mcconnell coined the term repeal and replace and seven years later doesn't have a plan in place when the president came in. i think he's on the hook for that. i don't think donald trump rolled his sleeves up and helped get that bill through. >> he did have seven years of promises on that front. >> to me the salient point is they need a spending bill to keep the government running, and they're talking about tax reform or some kind of tax plan. that's too complicated a priority to get done on auto pilot. there will need to be a give and take in cooperation between the white house and capitol hill. so if trust is at this low we're seeing now, i don't know how they get those major issues through. why is the russian air force flying through some of the united states's most highly guarded locations?
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welcome back to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. sticking with our world lead, an unarmed russian jet flew at low altitude today including the capitol, the pentagon, cia headquarters in langley, virginia and joint base andrews, home of air force i. it was part of a treaty that allows mill taeitaries of ul.s. russia to observe things from the air. this one is over bedford, new jersey where the president is
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having his so-called working vacation. the flights were approved by the president. please follow me on @jaketapper. i turn you toeover to wolf blit in "the situation room." thank you for watching. happening now, breaking news. improvised threat. cnn has learned that president trump's shocking warning to north korea of fire and fury was a surprise to even his closest aides. why did he decide to dramatically escalate the war of words? mixed messages. while the president and defense secretary warn the kim regime of death and destruction, the secretary of state tries to calm nerves with a much different message. why does the state department claim the administration is speaking with one voice? inflaming kim jong-un. the trump team says the president's fiery and highly